Low-temperature chemical kinetic and speciation studies of n-heptane

Darshan M.A. Karwat, Scott W. Wagnon, Margaret S. Wooldridge, Charles K. Westbrook

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Although there have been many studies of n-heptane ignition, few studies have provided detailed insights into the low-temperature chemistry of n-heptane-a primary reference fuel-through direct measurements of intermediate species formed during ignition. Such measurements provide understanding of reaction pathways that form toxic air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and particulates such as soot, while also providing key metrics essential to the development of chemical kinetic mechanisms. This paper presents new ignition and speciation data taken at high pressure (9 atm), low temperatures (660-710 K), and a dilution of inert gases-to-molecular oxygen of 5.64 (mole basis). The detailed time-histories of seventeen species, including large alkenes, aldehydes, carbon monoxide, and n-heptane were quantified using gas chromatography. A detailed chemical kinetic mechanism developed previously for oxidation of n-heptane reproduced experimentally observed ignition delay times reasonably well, but predicted levels of some important intermediate chemical species that were significantly different from measured values. Results from recent theoretical studies of low temperature hydrocarbon oxidation reaction rates were used to upgrade the chemical kinetic mechanism for n-heptane, leading to much better agreement between experimental and computed intermediate species concentrations. The implications of these results to many other hydrocarbon fuel oxidation mechanisms in the literature are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013
PublisherWestern States Section/Combustion Institute
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781627488426
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013 - Park City, United States
Duration: May 19 2013May 22 2013

Publication series

Name8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013


Other8th US National Combustion Meeting 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPark City

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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